David S. Gehrig
David assists public agency clients with legal issues related to public works construction projects. His clients include water districts, wastewater agencies, community college districts, health care districts, cities, counties, and transit agencies. He has worked on numerous large-scale infrastructure projects, from the drafting of the contract specifications, through the bid process, to contract completion and claims resolution. He has considerable experience with contract award disputes, subcontractor substitution issues, bidder pre- qualification, and has successfully resolved several stop payment notice lawsuits for public agency clients.
Design-build and Alternative Project Delivery Methods
Design-build contracting is increasingly being recognized as a more effective project delivery method for public agencies. David has written papers and presented at conferences on this topic for a number of years, and has considerable recent experience on a number of large infrastructure projects. David is also familiar with the wider range of alternative project delivery methods, and has assisted clients with CM at Risk contracts, lease-leaseback contracts, and public-private partnership arrangements. He works closely with clients to identify which available project delivery methods are best suited for a particular project.
Water District General Counsel
David has served as general counsel to the Purissima Hills Water District for approximately 10 years. In that capacity, he has developed expertise with open meeting laws, Public Records Act compliance, compliance with Proposition 218 requirements during rate increases, and compliance with emergency drought regulations issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.
Prevailing Wage and Labor Code Compliance
David has considerable expertise with prevailing wage and Labor Code compliance issues. He has assisted agencies and contractors with resolving Civil Wage and Penalty Assessments issued by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), including the revocation of a $6.4M Civil Wage and Penalty Assessment on behalf of a transit agency. David has also has guided public agencies through SB 854 requirements, and serves as legal counsel to an in-house Labor Compliance Program for a large transit district. For private clients, he has advised on prevailing wage compliance strategies and obtained several favorable prevailing wage coverage determinations from the DIR.
Areas of Focus
Admissions and Courts
Infrastructure Practice Co-Leader
Gravity Pipeline Project, Silicon Valley Clean Water
Front of Plant Project, Silicon Valley Clean Water
Pump Station Improvements Project, Silicon Valley Clean Water
Outpatient Infusion Clinic, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital System
Charles D. Meyer Desalination Plant, City of Santa Barbara
Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB)
Skyline Building 12, San Mateo County Community College District
Cañada Building 23, San Mateo County Community College
California Special Districts Association, Public Contracting Expert Feedback Team
Design-Build Institute of America
Bar Association of San Francisco
"More Attorneys Are Jockeying for Public Projects," Daily Journal (June 2009)